Kris Bryant Returns After Taking His Injury Seriously, and Keeping Things in Perspective

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Kris Bryant Returns After Taking His Injury Seriously, and Keeping Things in Perspective

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We will probably never get a clearer picture of what has gone on with Kris Bryant over the past five days than we already have, but, upon returning to the lineup today (YES!) for the first time after being hit in the head with a 96 mph fastball on Sunday, Bryant spoke to the media about his time away.

Among his comments:

Bryant does not want to get into the nitty gritty, and that is entirely his prerogative. I think fans and media have “a right” to know about injuries generally, inasmuch as they impact roster moves and lineups and the like, but when it comes to the precise particulars of a potential brain injury and how that impacts the way you think about your life … eh, I think Bryant said plenty.

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Even if the way it played out with the messaging was odd, maybe we can just say that this wound up looking almost exactly as you would have expected – or even hoped! – as of Sunday. Bryant was not concussed (or not severely concussed), but nevertheless took extra time to rest, get his bearings, and most importantly, make sure that he was physically and mentally ready to get back in the box, where anything can happen. The impact of a severe blow to the head is bad enough, but if – God forbid – another would happen in quick succession before there was total healing? It could be devastating.

Good on Bryant and the Cubs and their doctors for taking extra caution in this situation, and thank goodness he’s back. May he stand in there confidently today, crush just a few dingers, and all will be well.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.